As cities like Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore swing into high gear with their own activities for the Mid-Autumn Festival, Adelaide is also celebrating this important event in the Lunar calender with its own Moon Lantern Festival. A highlight of the popular OzAsia Festival, everyone is welcomed to join in the celebrations with an afternoon to night of lanterns, mooncakes, lights, music and culture.
This pinnacle event on the State's cultural calendar will transform Elder Park into a festival destination with stage performances, cultural workshops, martial arts demonstrations, giant lanterns and a fireworks on 8 September. Best of all, it's FREE for everyone to enjoy.
Highlights include wonton making and calligraphy workshop by the Chinese Welfare Services of SA, and origami class with the Japan Australia Friendship Association. You can also watch Tai Chi demonstrations by the SA branch of the Tai Chi Association of Australia and Thai boxing from Southside Muay Thai. The Trinity College Lion Dance Troupe will be delivering roving performances and the stage will feature acrobatic displays by the Shandong Acrobatic Troupe and cultural dance from the Adelaide Chinese Dance Academy.
The Moon Lantern Parade alone will involve 1,300 participants including 16 community groups, 10 schools and 12 businesses with 39 signature lanterns that are reflective of the participants. And don't forget the grand finale with fireworks over River Torrens. So grab your family and friends and head on down to Elder Park and be part of the festivities this Mid-Autumn Festival.